2001 – Algeria/France/Germany – 100 min
by Rachid Bouchareb
Aging Senegalese man Alloune curates a slavery museum in his home country. Spurred by the reaction of curious patrons, Alloune is inspired to find the descendants of the people brought to the United States during the slave trade. So he travels to America, eventually landing in New York and meeting up with his cab driver nephew, Hassan, Hassan’s girlfriend, Biram, and storekeeper Ida, who could be Alloune’s distant relative.
La Maison Française, Embassy of France in the United States
4101 Reservoir Road NW
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE Washington, DC 20003
The films of the Civil War are rich in the conflicts between the slave South and the abolitionist North.
February 26, 4:00 pm: Slavery by Another Name Samuel D. Pollard’s Slavery by Another Name (2012) documents how debt peonage or involuntary servitude took the place of slavery for as many of 80,000 African-Americans in the South after the Civil War — 9,000 of whom died in captivity.
Retrace Reverend Josiah Henson’s footsteps from his enslavement to escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom. Learn about his extraordinary life, which inspired the novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Screenings of the Time Team America documentary: The Search for Josiah Henson at Noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm.
Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom
Create and share your own “sounds of freedom” in the form of original poetry during our annual poetry event. Only self-guided tours are offered during the program. A reception with light refreshments immediately follows.
Josiah Henson Park
11420 Old Georgetown Rd Rockville, MD 20852
The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices ensemble is committed to the preservation of African-American history and traditions–presenting songs and stories of struggle and perseverance, trials and triumphs, as expressed through a cappella music, drama and dance. Inaugurated in 2010, the group now performs regularly at heritage sites throughout the Washington DC area, singing, sharing, and learning the stories of the people in those communities. This program focuses on African American Civil War music inspired by the PBS TV show Mercy Street.
Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St.
A White House chef knows the Chief Executive in ways few others do, and many have served not only as cooks but as confidants and informal policy advisors. In his second book, Miller, the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches, winner of a James Beard Award for Soul Food, and former special assistant to President Clinton, profiles the largely African American kitchen staffs who have worked for presidents from the nation’s beginning. Many of these individuals changed history in ways overlooked until now: one cook averted a plot to poison the first president, another compelled President Johnson to do all he could to support the Civil Rights Act. Miller tells these and other stories, drawing on a wide range of oral histories, interviews, photographs, cookbooks, and more.
Politics and Prose – 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW